June is a very significant month for the LGBTQ community as it is better known as pride month. Although you may not be seeing the parades through the streets of major cities this year due to unfortunate circumstances, the message is still being shared nationwide, just in slightly different ways. This month is used as a celebration of the contributions the LGBTQ community has had on the world and acknowledgement of the obstacles they continue to face in today's society.
The term LGBT stands as an acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender but as since been adjusted to add a Q at the end for the queer community as a whole. In some circumstances it also includes an IA to represent intersex and asexual communities. No matter which variation of the term, all alike act as way to describe the queer community.
Pride month was formed after a police raid of a gay bar named Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. This event erupted in riots in the area for 3 days after suffering from abuse and harassment for years prior. This event was the last straw as there was no reason for any harm against the community. This uproar for change became the foundation of the gay rights movement where many activist groups were formed to fight for the community including, but not limited to, the Gay Libaration Front, Gay Activists Alliance, Radicalesbians, and Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries. The year after the raid took place, the first gay marches took place. The event was organized by Brenda Howard, a bisexual activist. These marches have continued since to become what we know today as Pride marches.
Some major advancements in the rights for LGBTQ lives include the right to gay marriage in the Canada in 2005, becoming the 4th country in the world to make this legal after Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. In addition, United States made gay marriage legal in 2015, but still to the date there are many countries worldwide where it is illegal to be queer, let alone get married. In addition, on June 15th, the United States Supreme Court ruled to protect LGBTQ workers in a 6-3 decision. "An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids," states Justice Niel Gorsuch. This decision is a step in the right direction, but shows that there is still room to grow and more to learn. No one should live in fear of losing their job based on their sexuality.
The SBSS would like to recognize the impact of the LGBTQ community on our country and world. The strides the community continues to make with their activism for equal rights is important and we stand behind the movement. No one should be treated differently or live in fear because of their sexual orientation, in the end love is love.
To further educate yourself on the struggles of the LGBTQ community please see the links below. Although we have come so far from where we started, we must be reminded that we still have a long way to go. Stay safe and Sprott love.